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GESTATION, med. jur. The time during which a female, who has conceived, carries the embryo or foetus in her uterus. By the common consent of mankind, the term of gestation is considered to be ten lunar months, or forty weeks, equal to nine calendar months and a week. This period has been adopted, because general observation, when it could be correctly made, has proved its correctness. Cyclop. of Pract. Med. vol. 4, p. 87, art. Succession of inheritance. But this may vary one, two, or three weeks. Co. Litt. 123 b, Harg. & Butler's, note 190*; Ryan's Med. Jurisp. 121; Coop. Med. Jur: 18; Civ. Code of Louis. art. 203-211; 1 Beck's Med. Jur. 478. See Pregnancy.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Ruptured tubal gestation: an unusual presentation of Schistosoma haematobium infection of the fallopian tube.
Schwartz and DiPietro (2) reported on the clinical outcomes of 73 women presenting with the classic triad of ectopic pregnancy (namely, acute pelvic pain, abnormal uterine bleeding, and an adnexal mass) and found a tubal gestation in only 14% of patients; other more common diagnoses included pelvic pain of undetermined cause, ovarian cyst, and acute PID.
The dose of Methotrexate used to treat tubal gestation is relatively low, safe and well tolerated.